If there’s one thing the Isle of Wight knows how to do well, it’s put on a spectacular show. With carnivals taking place all throughout the summer months and of course, the Island’s infamous festivals, visitors flock across the Solent every year to celebrate island-style.
It seems entirely logical therefore, that the main event for Isle of Wight Day is going to be a first-class parade, so on Saturday 23rd September from 1pm, Ryde will come alive with a fun and fantastic procession of performers, musicians and dancers.
With 30 years of experience coordinating carnivals and parades, Paddy McHugh was the ideal man to organise the main event. And judging by the line-up so far, he’s done a marvellous job! Speaking about the parade, Paddy said:
‘it’s going to be something special! It’s the people’s parade and it’s going to be the biggest and best the Island has seen for years’.
Spectators can expect to see a fantastic procession, including performers, bands (4 marching, 2 samba and 1 jazz, at the last count!) and vintage vehicles. Ryde Extreme Performers, the Enchanted Manor Characters and the Wight Strollers will also be making appearances, alongside important groups in the community who will be flying the flag for Isle of Wight day, including the Royal British Legion and IW Pride.
And that’s not where it ends – the party will continue at the Simeon Street Recreation Ground after the parade, where there will be live music, entertainment and a Victorian funfair. With a performance from the Standard Bearers and a spectacular firework display lined up, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
So get ready to dance, have fun and enjoy an electric carnival atmosphere! The Big Parade promises to be a spectacle like none we’ve seen before!